M997.53.153 | Serbs and the U.N.
Serbs and the U.N.
Aislin (alias Terry Mosher)
1994, 20th century
Felt pen and ink on paper
25.7 x 25.6 cm
Gift of Mr. Terry Mosher
© McCord Museum
Keywords: Cartoon (19139) , Drawing (18637) , drawing (18379) , politics (10928)
Keys to History
Despite the presence of United Nations peacekeepers, it was the Serbian "cat" or "fox" that was guarding the Balkan henhouse in the first half of the 1990s.
The upheaval that shook the Communist world led to the independence of Yugoslavian republics such as Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina. The resistance of Serbian minorities, backed by Belgrade, caused armed conflicts that prompted international intervention.
The former Yugoslavia lies in the Balkans, a mountainous region of southeastern Europe that takes in several other neighbouring countries.
Some Yugoslavian republics declared their independence in the early 1990s. The clashes that divided the region came to an end in December 1995, with the signing of a peace agreement.
Serbia was opposed to the declarations of independence of the Yugoslavian republics. United Nations peacekeepers, known as blue helmets or blue berets, served as a buffer force between the belligerents.